Ferrari has rolled out a few tasty bits of news courtesy of Car and Driver. The Italian sports car manufacturer has made it clear that the successor to the legendary Enzo will come to the party packing a V12 engine mated to a hybrid system. While Ferrari has already hinted that the company is seriously considering electrification with concepts like the 599 HY-KERS, CEO Amedeo Felisa said that a production Ferrari hybrid would have to include some sort of efficiency-boosting system in addition to a performance adder like a kinetic energy recovery system.

Felisa also said that the replacement for the company's 599 will feature somewhere around 700 horsepower. The machine will keep its front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, but will rely on aluminum alloys for its body structure instead of carbon fiber. Felisa says that the absurd power in the future 599 is not a response to the Lamborghini Aventador, however.

Uh huh.


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      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      This better be a bloody good Enzo replacement if it's going to have a hybrid system/KERS.
      Carzzz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't be scared of the word Hybrid. Just because the word became synonymous with the Prius, doesn't mean it should be treated like flower sun people singing glorious music as they wake up to their Prius family. Hybrid can mean sic innovations when applicable to enzo.
      Bogie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Could this be a response to Porsche 918 Spyder?
      PatrickH
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hybrid huh? I read that as "still too heavy" for a proper sports car.
      Faizan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it, i hope its some what reminiscent of the f40. That would be awesome, but if its as sexy as the 458 i wont complain
      Where's the cheese?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm all for innovation and progress but telling me an Enzo successor will have a hybrid system is like telling me Victoria's Secret is introducing a new line of granny panties.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, there goes my favourite idea of the F70 being the spiritual successor to the F40, I was kinda hoping to see a Millechilli 1000kg lightweight packing a 7-800hp twin turbo 458 engine. A heavy V12 is fine, but throwing in a bunch of hybrid crap? Why? Lower weight and same power can be had from a V8, and you would get better performance and even mpg than a much heavier V12 HYBRID which would need more power to move more weight. It would be next to impossible to pare the weight down to 1000kg now, it will end up being quite lardy with a V12, electric motor, batteries, and electronic management. There was a time when Lamborghinis were much heavier than their lithe Modenese competitors, but now Lamborghini is hitting the gym and the carbon fiber shakes, while Ferrari seems to be binge eating technology we may not really want.
        sstowes
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        1) Lexus' LFA's V10 is, IIRC, slightly lighter than even Toyota's own current V6. There's no guarantee a brand new V12 is going to be "heavy". Lamborghini's recent V12/automated transmission has shown relative weight loss in that area can be done; I see no reason Ferrari's engineers will think any differently. 2) Packaging and weight concerns are almost nil for "hybrid crap". Even a small electric motor can increase torque prodigiously and batteries like lithium-polymer cells are much easier and lighter to package than previously used cell types, depending on the amount of power needed. Ferrari's overall corporate emissions will go down. There are many benefits in this particular regard that simply outweigh certain negatives that can be solved or muted through engineering.
          Easy_Eight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sstowes
          If they can package hybrid KERS in F1 they can do for the road.
        IBx27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        I don't know why you're being downvoted. I completely agree and would love to see a modern F40 or F50; raw, scary, and dangerous cars that need to be controlled instead of sat in and driven with two pedals.
          sparrk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @IBx27
          @ IBx27 , the truth is only old people will buy the F70, they don't want something raw , they want as many computers as possible to be able to move the car without hitting the walls in their garage.
        Easy_Eight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        A 458 GTO; in the vein of the 288 GTO, would be epic.
      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      EPIC WIN if this is true.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the fact that they are using a V12 instead of a boosted V8. Too bad about the hybrid system, though. I have a feeling Ferrari is going to start watering down their cars more and more with each successive generation. Shame.
        emperor koku
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        Well, they're already automatic transmission-only, what did you expect? And yes, that's faster and more efficient, but removes driving intimacy. I'm not going to address soul and character because those are two nebulous concepts if I ever saw some.
        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        if by watering down you mean faster and more efficient.
          FriskyDingo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sparrk
          That's exactly what I mean. Faster and more efficient at the expense of lack of soul, character, and driving intimacy.
          Stephen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sparrk
          If by faster and more efficient you mean controlled by computers and electronic nannies to do the work for you, then yeah probably.
      Thunder938
      • 3 Years Ago
      The old man is rolling over in his grave
        Mike B
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Thunder938
        He always rolls in his grave, he didn't believed in downforce or aerodynamics nor in the advantages of the mid engine layout, for all he cared a car was only faster if it had a big powerful engine.
        IBx27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Thunder938
        The 458 being automatic only, and ugly, and their cottage-cheese-genetalia station wagon ever even being conceptualized got him rolling in the grave. This ought to make him rise from the dead and take back his company from the little pansy accountants in charge.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @IBx27
          The 458 is far from ugly, it looks bloody brilliant. And cottage cheese genitalia station wagon? How mature.
      motorheadmama
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jeez, I really took Ferrari for a fuel cell convert. Not an electric hybrid. I'm not feelin' it, sorry!
        emperor koku
        • 3 Years Ago
        @motorheadmama
        Why does which tech they pick influence your support? You know...fuel cell **** adds weight, too. And powers an electric motor. Ferrari will make a great car no matter what.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hybrid, and it will probably be automatic-only, like all the rest of the wussies ferrari has decided to build.
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